Melbourne Storm sign former Eel Tepai Moeroa after NSW Waratahs release


The Melbourne Storm have lured former Eels forward Tepai Moeroa back to the NRL following a stint in Super Rugby.

Moeroa was today granted a release from the NSW Waratahs and will see out the remainder of 2021 with the Storm on a short-term deal.

The 25-year-old joined the Waratahs last year on a two-year deal after playing 112 games with the Eels between 2014 and 2019.

But as he made a switch from an NRL back-rower to a centre in the 15-man code, Moeroa saw limited time on the field in Super Rugby due to injury, while much of his tenure was played out in Sydney’s Shute Shield.

“Tepai proved to be a very dependable player when he was with the Eels and we think he will be a good addition to our squad for the rest of this year,” Storm general manager Frank Ponissi said.

“He’s still in his mid-20s so he’s in the prime of his football career.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Waratahs for their co-operation with Tepai’s release from his current contract.”

Moeroa will link up with the Storm on the Sunshine Coast later this week.

During his NRL career, Moeroa represented the Cook Islands, the Prime Minister’s XIII and the World All-Stars.

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